Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 24, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007

Here it is the day before Christmas, and the mad rush is over. We’ve all made it though the shopping madness, and now it is time to take in the joy of the big day with family and friends. Season's greetings to everyone from the staff here at the Almost Daily News!

Angels heard on high -- Congratulations to picker Joe Ash and his wife Angel, who on the 19th welcomed new addition Haley Savannah Ash to the family, weighing in at 9.6 pounds and 21 inches long. For photos, click here. Joe has played bass with Lost Highway and Ron Spears & Within Tradition.

Christmas memories -- There are some real nice postings on the Bluegrass Blog web site today by such notables as Curley Seckler, Rhonda Vincent, Dixie Hall, Katey Daly, The Murphy Family, Niall Toner, and many others. To read some of them, click on the web link above.

’Twas the night before Christmas…and the sound of banjos, mandos and fiddles will be filling the air. There will be bluegrass pickin’ tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Amnesia, 853 Valencia, in SF. Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will play a set, Jeanie and Chuck Poling will be in the house, and there will be jamming as well at some point. If you are still looking for last minute stocking stuffers, what better than to give the gift of music? Pick up some copies of Belle’s recently released CD. Since Amnesia is a bar, you must be 21 to attend.

Must read -- There is a new book about to be released about bluegrass singer Red Allen, and the title is Teardrops in My Eyes: The Music of Harley “Red” Allen by Dennis Satterlee. Pleasant Valley Music is the exclusive Western U.S. distributor of the book. For more info contact Matt Dudman at

Red memory -- I only saw Red play one time, and it was at the Strawberry Music Festival in 1991, with David Grisman, Herb Pedersen, Jimmy Buchanan and Jim Kerwin. In the middle of the set, Red said, “I don’t know if I have ever been here before or not, but if I have, it’s been a long time…”

Hello Dolly! -- Dolly Parton was recently named Tennessean of the Year by The Tennessean, Nashville's largest daily newspaper. In addition to her music, Parton was recognized for her Imagination Library, which provides free books to preschool children until they enter kindergarten.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Blessed is the season that engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
Posted:  12/26/2007

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